Dominion of New York



Today is 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

Posted September 22, 2012 by Kelly Virella

Here’s what the only surviving version handwritten by President Abraham Lincoln looks like.

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This 1934 painting "Festival" is by Italian-American artist Daniel Celentano. It depicts a Catholic street festival in Italian Harlem.

What Was Harlem Like Before Blacks Arrived?

Posted August 14, 2012 by Kelly Virella

Harlem has never had it easy.

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George Poage was the first black person to compete in the Olympics.

The First Black Olympian Was a Bad Ass

Posted July 24, 2012 by Kelly Virella

32 years before Jesse Owens, there was scholar-athlete George Poage.

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A Time to Kill: 5 Important Black Soliders in the American Revolution

Posted July 4, 2012 by Kelly Virella

5,000 black soldiers ultimately served in the Continental Army and Navy, comprising an estimated 5 percent of all enlistees, and an undetermined number of thousands more served in the British Army and Navy.

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Frederick Douglass

What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?

Posted July 4, 2012 by Frederick Douglass

In 1852, when the Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society of Rochester, New York invited Frederick Douglass to deliver its Independence Day address, he issued this scathing critique.

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